"...like an iron foundry at full volume", promised the NME in their review of ‘Descension’ by Slab!. I remember peering out at those words from behind a curtain of teenage hair, and wondering why a band would want to sound like that. I was intrigued. There was something heroic about these musicians and their messy (and often literal) deconstruction of the electric guitar. It was also about time someone reclaimed it from those incapable of playing a note with one leg situated anywhere near the other. But did that justify attacking the thing – that most totemic rock ‘n’ roll artifact – with handtools ?
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